Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Learn about bags


Frequently asked questions on the Hailey bag ban:

- What will I use to pick up my dog poop?

The ordinance only includes plastic bags used to transport goods from the checkout line at grocery and retail stores. Bulk bags and produce and bread bags are not included in the ban. Dog waste bags will still be available at trailheads. We recommend that people reuse these bags instead of throwing them away.

- What will I use for my bathroom trash can?

Two simple solutions: One option is to use a cloth liner and wash it when you empty the trash. The second is to use no bag and dump the trash into your larger trash bin when it's full.

- Aren't paper bags just as bad as plastic?

Yes! However, plastic will never biodegrade. It photo-degrades, breaking into tiny pieces that we may not see in our backyard, but are contributing to huge ocean gyres of plastic. Paper uses more energy to produce but its long-term effects are far less harmful on the surrounding environment. We'd like to see people bring a reusable bag to the store.

- Doesn't it help if I reuse my plastic bag?

Yes, but ultimately the plastic is still being produced and ending up in the landfill. With only 2 percent recycled of the 1 million plastic bags used every minute in the U.S., there is an alarming amount of plastic ending up in our environment.

Lex Shapiro

Chase England

Hailey




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